Grape Tips Thursday – December 3, 2015: What Are The Health Benefits of Red Wine?

This Week In Wine 101: The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

So maybe you’ve heard that wine contains properties that are beneficial to your health, and when enjoyed in moderation it can improve one’s healthy while possibly extending one’s life. But what’s the real story? Are the health benefits different for certain types of wine – red vs. white, sparkling vs. rose, white vs. rose, etc.? Let’s take a closer look.

The results are in! Studies by medical professionals and academics continue to prove that red wine offers definite health benefits due to the high amounts of antioxidants, also known as polyphenols, and Resveratrol, which is found in the red grape skins. Of course, (moderate) consumption depends on the age, sex, size and state of each person’s health, and whether or not they are consuming the wine with a meal or on an empty stomach. However, due to the fact that woman absorb alcohol at a faster rate than men, it is recommended that women only drink one glass of red wine, with two glasses of wine as the recommended amount for men.

In fact, drinking a glass or two of red wine a day helps to reduce the risk of the following:

  • Heart disease and heart attacks
  • Stroke and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Type 2 diabetes, cataracts and liver disease
  • Breast, colon and prostate cancer

 

How Else Is Red Wine Good For Me?

But that’s not all! Red wine helps support healthy blood vessels, and rids our bodies of oxidative stress and free radicals. Unhealthy habits such as, sunbathing, smoking, over consumption of alcohol and pollution, increase the production of free radicals within our body. Studies have also shown that red wine has anti-aging properties such as, helping to slow the visible aging process (wrinkling) that is seen in our skin while promoting a healthy glow.

“What about the regions most famous for their wine drinking habits; have they found anything?” We’re glad you asked. European researchers have connected increased levels of Omega-3 fatty acids with regular, moderate wine consumption. That’s right, the same fatty acids most often linked to fish, the ones that protect against coronary heart disease, among other ailments, are found improved with regular wine drinking. Furthermore, other studies have shown that drinking red wine reduces the risk of depression, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, ensures your cardiovascular system is tip top, and offers a testosterone boost.

 

What About White Wine? Is It Good For Me Too?

Does this mean that white wines aren’t as good for us as red wines? No! In fact, white wines also contain antioxidants and Resveratrol though on a much lower level compared to red wine. In a recent Dutch study scientists found that white wine is good for supporting lung function.

In light of all of this great news, you’re probably looking for red wines to add to your collection, right? Give these varietals a try: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Malbec, Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and red blends. If you’re not enthused about drinking or you prefer not to drink we understand. There are foods that have similar health improving benefits. Consider adding these foods to your diet: pomegranates, blueberries, raspberries, bilberries, dark chocolate, walnuts, peanuts and green tea. You can obtain the same benefits from these foods as you can from consuming a glass of red wine or several glasses of wine per week.

Hopefully after reading this article you’re feeling a little better about drinking a glass or two of wine per day, or several throughout your week. It’s important to note that over consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages can result in a variety of health problems – so practice drinking in moderation but definitely enjoy that glass of wine with a dinner. Food and wine bring out the best in each other. [Especially when certain cuisines are combined with varietals that are indigenous to a specific wine region.] To life and healthy living! Cheers!

 

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/aging/drinking-wine-antiaging

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265635.php

http://mentalfloss.com/article/53613/what-are-health-benefits-drinking-wine

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/11/17/beer-and-wine-benefits-health-risks/YTbzIaM0fs72Ge9GdUER0L/story.html

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